Friday, January 20, 2012

Friday Fun Facts: An (e)Book Signing?

Happy Friday!

So it looks as though I may be doing an author appearance at a local Barnes & Noble - always a fun event - but for the first time ever, it will be an ebook "signing" rather than a traditional print book signing.

I'm not exactly sure how it will work. The president of our local RWA chapter is arranging it, and with the growing popularity of ebooks and ebook readers, combined with the fact that many bookstores are doing fewer traditional signings AND the fact that many of our members have only ebooks available, she thought it might be a different and unique idea to market B&N Nook downloads at this event.

So I guess I'm planning on having lots of swag available - bookmarks, excerpt booklets, maybe some other flyers/book cards for people to pick up and peruse. The thing is, I really don't know how many people will buy a download based on meeting the author in a bookstore. I mean, it's ALWAYS a good idea to promote yourself in person, spread the word, chat with potential readers, etc. But without any print books to sell or sign, well...I don't know.

We'll see. I'll let you know! In the meantime, if you have any thoughts on how to draw potential ebook readers to our table, or what kinds of free goodies work best at author appearances, leave a comment :)

Enjoy your weekend!


Mom said...

Free goodies? Chocolate, of course!

JL Walters said...

We'll see how it goes. Always willing to try something new.